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Rick Scott on Trump jokes, baldness, and his presidential campaign

Gov. Rick Scott sat at Donald Trump's table at last weekend's White House Correspondents' dinner, when The Donald looked none too amused by the sharp jokes by Barack Obama and Seth Meyers. Scott suggested today he didn't blame Trump for looking so miffed.

"I don't know. Boy, I'll tell you that was pretty tough,'' Scott said. "I don't have any hair so they couldn't make a joke about mine."

Given his current approval ratings (he's competing with Ohio Gov. Kasich and Michigan Gov. Snyder for the title of least popular governor in America) his endorsement at the moment means a lot less than Jeb Bush's or Marco Rubio's. But any candidate would welcome the help of the leader of the Florida GOP.

Scott said he hasn't decided whether he'll endorse before Florida's primary. "I think that what's happening is we need to have a good debate in our country on where the country's going," Scott said of the field. "I think that we have a lot of good candidates. I think we're going to have a healthy debate on who the Republican nominee will be and we'll have a good choice."

His interest in the national political scene is obvious from his repeated appearances in Washington and national cable TV shows. So given the wide open presidential field....

"I'm not running for president,'' Scott said.

Of course, that's what Sen. Barack Obama said early in 2006.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 4:41pm]


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